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But You Scared Me the Most: And Other Short Stories by [John Manderino]

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Editorial Reviews

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“[Author John] Manderino infuses each story with wit and well-observed detail.” —Publishers Weekly


“[Author John] Manderino … plumbs the depth of domestic horror in these fleeting but beguiling stories about ghosts, murders, monsters, and madmen.” —Kirkus Review


“Manderino’s work succeeds at being more than slight, sarcastic riffs on classic tales. … There is a grasping at work here: an effort to reach beyond the conventions of both literary short stories and adolescent nostalgic horror, in order to capture how the fears of imagination and the fears of mundanity can converge.” —The Literary Review


“John Manderino has captured the fearful, wonderful, strange, and inscrutable experience of being alive.” —HorrorTalk


“Not only did I find the 26 stories engaging and entertaining, most also were laugh-out-loud funny.” —The Working Waterfront
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

John Manderino is the author of The H-Bomb and the Jesus Rock, The Man Who Played Catch with Nellie Fox, Sam and His Brother Len, Crying at the Movies, and Reason for Living. He lives in Scarborough, Maine.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01F9KHTZ4
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Academy Chicago Publishers (June 1, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 1, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 659 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 222 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 7 ratings

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1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIFYING LACK OF FICTIONAL EFFECT
By Andrew Szabo on January 6, 2019
BUT YOU SCARED ME THE MOST. With this collection of short stories, author John Manderino aims to play the odd or disturbing or horrible to comic or ironic effect in everyday life--including the Loch Ness monster, Dracula, a man's favorite sex doll, a husband who turns into a werewolf after he smashes his wife's cherished plate, Puff the Magic Dragon. The best part of this book is the cover photo, followed by the title (borrowed from a song by Randy Newman). All the stories fall flat, to varying degrees. It could be the lack of plot, character development, suspense, or insight into man or beast. You can't blame the editor, as this goes beyond faults an editor can fix. Tedious and hard to finish. Honestly, this is the kind of collection that only an author's mother could praise. On the other hand, if you need these stories, buy them here, as they will never be anthologized. Highly dis-recommended.
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Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2018